Badge Of Infamy

Read by Lester Del Rey

(4.5 stars; 34 reviews)

Daniel Feldman was a doctor once. He made the mistake of saving a friend's life in violation of Medical Lobby rules. Now, he's a pariah, shunned by all, forbidden to touch another patient.

But things are more loose on Mars. There, Doc Feldman is welcomed by the colonists, even as he's hunted by the authorities. But, when he discovers a Martian plague may soon wipe out humanity on two planets, the authorities begin hunting him for a different reason altogether.

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Chapter One – Pariah Read by Lester Del Rey
Chapter Two – Lobby Read by Lester Del Rey
Chapter Three – Spaceman Read by Lester Del Rey
Chapter Four – Martian Read by Lester Del Rey
Chapter Five – Surgery Read by Lester Del Rey
Chapter Six – Research Read by Lester Del Rey
Chapter Seven – Plague Read by Lester Del Rey
Chapter Eight – Fool Read by Lester Del Rey
Chapter Nine – Judgment Read by Lester Del Rey
Chapter Ten – Execution Read by Lester Del Rey
Chapter Eleven – Convert Read by Lester Del Rey
Chapter Twelve - War Read by Lester Del Rey
Chapter Thirteen - Susceptibility Read by Lester Del Rey
Chapter Fourteen - Infection Read by Lester Del Rey
Chapter Fifteen - Decision Read by Lester Del Rey


An Old Doc's View of the Past/Future!!!

(5 stars)

1: A Great Story & Oration. 2: Too close for comfort. 3: I am an elderly GP (not FP) and worked in small towns. (Except when in the US Navy in War). I delivered babys, did my own surgeries and saw any patient with any illness in my office. I expected payment from the patient (or Family) and 80% of the time I got cash and/or other stuff like corn, chickens, eggs and anything else. 20% of the time the payment was CHARITY. 4: The Hospital worked the same way in small towns. In bigger towns & Cities they would have at least 2 Hospitals because one was the County-Charity Hospital That taxes paid for but the Doctors donated their time, the same Dr's worked at both Hospitals. 5: Niether PT nor Dr complained about the way this worked and no one died in the streets or were not cared for. 6: The people who could pay did and ONLY the ones who could not pay anything at all got Charity. 7: I needed NO Malpractice 'till #8 8: THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IMPOSSES! MEDICARE & MEDICADE! AND THIS STORY TELLS THE AFTERMATH!!!

good read of future

(4 stars)

Good view of future Earth.with some parallels to the Obama era of dictatorship in America. Very scary thoughts on medical profession governed by political correctness rather than the creed to help people as needed without fear of reprisal from a lobby group. God bless America that this tale does not come true.

(0 stars)

I have to say, I wasn’t in love with this story. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t dreadful to listen to and it also wasn’t horribly written, it just didn’t captivate me. With some work, I’m sure it could be better. With everything that was occurring in the story, there ...

(0 stars)

I actually enjoyed it. My rating would be an 8 out of 10. The story moved along although there was a lack of character development. The part that annoyed me the most was the very strong union of doctors who do not protect their own kind. Frankly, this was not ...

(0 stars)

This tale from the early 1970s takes a satirical view of medicine,, couched in a "SF Golden Age" style that del Rey helped to create. He started publishing SF stories in 1935 and established the del Rey science fiction imprint from Ballantine with his wife Judy Lynn. The social/political satire ...

(0 stars)

One of the few stories I've given 5 stars too all around. Great story telling. Like Chris said, reminds me of old Asimov or Philip K Dick type of story. Well written and well read. I'm hooked and can't wait to find out what happens next.

(0 stars)

This story dates itself. It has the "golden age" kinda hero, who somehow outsmarts everyone else. The depiction of women was sexist, and the political musings that were the thin excuse for the dystopian society were just annoying. Other than that, it was good entertainment.

too close to true

(5 stars)

If you think this story is far-fetched, read up about Charlie Gard. Lester Del Ray was seeing the future with a pretty accurate eye.